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GTR range in Waukegan
02-07-2015, 05:10 PM (This post was last modified: 02-07-2015 06:40 PM by ssphoto.)
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Two pictures; pistol range (yes it's green) and the target control box (took a few minutes for me to figure it out). This place even has a valet!


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02-07-2015, 05:47 PM
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02-07-2015, 06:39 PM
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Should be OK now.
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02-07-2015, 10:15 PM
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(02-07-2015 06:39 PM)ssphoto Wrote:  Should be OK now.
Any off the wall rule or restriction I'm thinking of going there tomorrow?
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02-07-2015, 11:24 PM
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Looks nice. I am happy ranges are taking the time to look nice, instead of feeling like you are having a shoot out in Hitler's bunker
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02-08-2015, 12:14 PM
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On Target in Crystal Lake is like that. The range is clean, well ventilated, clearly caters to novice women shooters, and seems well managed. It's not cheap by any means $10/hr for members, $20/hr for non-members. ($250 membership). Went probably at the busiest time (a Saturday morning at 10am, when they first open). Range officers are friendly enough and run a very safe operation.

I guess I still prefer outdoor ranges, like McMiller. And the $200.00 (300 w/300yd range) yearly UNLIMITED pass is still one of the great bargains in shooting. $16 all day... $20 w/300yd range...

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02-08-2015, 02:06 PM
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GTR's membership is just insane.

Here are some numbers.

OnTarget has a $250 membership, you pay $10 per hour with and $20 without. You need to go 26 times at 1 hour to break even, but you get to reserve.

GTR has a $449 membership, you get 10 free hours and then pay regular price, and you get to reserve.

It is $510 annual cost for OnTarget membership with 2 visits per month and $769 for GTR

For me the distance to OnTarget is 18 miles and GTR is 11. Even figuring in gas it is $580 vs. $815

Gat Guns is 31 miles away and has no membership but does have a 10 visit pass for $17.5 hour.

McMillers is 50 miles away with $12 hour.

Summary with gas included, 26 visits for 1 hour in 1 year.

OnTarget $580.98 (reservations yes)
GTR $815.02 (reservations yes)
GatGuns $640.90 (reservations NO)
McMillers $507.39 (reservations NO)
McMillers $611.39 (all day pass per visit)
McMillers $395.39 (with Annual pass)
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02-08-2015, 03:41 PM
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Went to GTR today range is nice, clean, well ventilated the staff is helpful friendly
no off the wall rules I was there for two hours paid $48.00 It's $24.00 hour for both pistol & rifle
they let you shoot both pistol & rifle in the same lane. I would go back I live less than 2 miles away from it.
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02-08-2015, 04:10 PM
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Using dutz math Bristol would be 305 a year. And you can shoot all day if you would like.
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02-08-2015, 04:13 PM
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That is first year after that it would be 230 a year.
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02-08-2015, 04:16 PM
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Isn't Bristol one bullet at a time?
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02-08-2015, 04:28 PM
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5 rounds for pistol and 22 in the pistol house and the 50. Center fire rifle 1 round unless for a magazine check. Or on the 100 200 you can ask the RO to do timed fire drills which I would believe would allow more rounds. But I can't type and check other sites at the same time on this phone
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02-08-2015, 04:33 PM
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They also have skeet trap archery and black powder. For non members it's expensive. But when you join it's pretty cheap and close. It's nice to go shooting every weekend
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02-08-2015, 04:42 PM (This post was last modified: 02-08-2015 04:43 PM by Dutz.)
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Bristol has a strange feel to the place. The RO was not rude, but there was a definite power trip feel to his approach. I lump in the one round at a time as part of that.

I have no problem with following the rules of a range, and I have no problem humbling myself when I am in your house or any other appropriate place and time. But when I am paying you money I should not have to "humble myself before you" while I follow your rules. That's how it felt.

When it's my money, you work for me.

I have only been there once, so another trip at least would probably be fair.
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02-08-2015, 04:59 PM
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Some if the pistol/rifle RO are a little higher strung. I think it's due to the fact people have a much higher tendency of doing dumb things. And I think part of the issue is that also the rules are posted at each station. And no one reads them, I have had to correct other shooters. No one likes to be some ones mom. I would go on maybe a Sunday they are normally slower. The shotgun range is good, as long as you use the right ammo and don't act like a idiot you are good
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02-08-2015, 05:04 PM
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(02-08-2015 04:42 PM)Dutz Wrote:  When it's my money, you work for me.

RO are volunteers, so technically I don't think they are working for anyone Smile
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02-08-2015, 05:04 PM
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I heard there hours are also sort of fly by depending on who show up to work I guess it all volunteer.
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02-08-2015, 05:15 PM
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Yea I know every year they let some ROs go. Since they are up to snuff
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02-08-2015, 05:20 PM
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The RO at GTR came over and was admiring my Sig 938. I wasn't sure if he was genuinely interested or saw a new face and was sizing me up as a shooter. Very relaxed and no power trip vibe though.
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02-08-2015, 05:23 PM
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Now I remember it was about a year ago when I look in to Bristol they are also Anti 2A, posted against carrying. How does a place that promotes gun use then post against carrying? That was the big one for me I don't spend my money anywhere they post.
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